Indiana sophomore Christian Watford out indefinitely

  • 02/01/2011 5:33 pm in

(Photo credit: James Brosher)

This release just popped into our inbox from J.D. Campbell of IU Media Relations:

Indiana University sophomore Christian Watford is out indefinitely with a broken left hand suffered Sunday in an 84-83 overtime loss at Michigan State. He underwent surgery today. He is the team’s leading scorer and is eighth in the conference averaging 17.0 points. He is sixth in the conference in free throw percentage (83.5) making 111 of 133 charity tosses.

Video of the injury and audio of Tom Crean talking about tomorrow’s game against Minnesota after the jump.




And here’s what Crean said transcribed:

Opening Statement
“Our road to getting better and our path on how we’re going to get there with the people that we have took another hit. We’ll be without Christian Watford indefinitely. He had surgery today on his left hand. He broke a bone in his hand, so he’ll be out indefinitely. I really don’t have anything other than that for him.

“Verdell Jones III is still in a day-to-day situation, but our team is doing everything they can possibly do to get better, to improve. I love their spirit, but more than ever now as we come back home tomorrow night, we have got to have the energy of this fan base at a very high level.  It was incredible last Thursday. We’re going to need them more than we have all year, because we are definitely a team that doesn’t have everybody at full strength, so we need our crowd at full strength. There’s no doubt about that.”

“We know Minnesota is a very good team. They have as big of a front line as there is, maybe in the country, let alone the league. (They are) a highly ranked team, a team that knows how to win, that’s well-coached and that has the inside-outside game with Blake Hoffarber. We’ll be ready to go. We plan to throw everything we possibly can at that team to win the game and we hope our fans are going to be right there along with us.”

On players stepping up:
“There’s no choice. They’re not going to reschedule the game for us. We just move forward. There’s no way around it. We feel for (Christian). He’s coming off his best week. He was absolutely relentless on Sunday. It was a huge part of why we had the game that we had. You take your leading scorer and your leading rebounder, and a guy that can make shots and play the way he can, it’s going to effect your team. But there’s no choice tomorrow night. At 6:30 tomorrow night, we have to be ready to go. I’d be lying if I said it was going to be easy and I’d be remissed if I didn’t say that we’re going to need that fan base more than ever this week. I think they respect how hard this team is working. I know of the love for the program and they are going to need that extra jolt tomorrow night. They need to feel it. As coaches we just move forward. We get ready to play the games no matter what, but when you take a teammate out, you’re not only taking a teammate and a comrade, but you’re taking a friend out and that’s hard for them. So they’re going to need that pick-me-up from this crowd. There’s no doubt.”

On dealing with Minnesota’s size:
“There’s not a question about it – if we don’t block out and rebound, we can’t win the game. There’s not doubt about that. They are relentless on the glass. They are relentless on the free throw glass. They are relentless on both ends. It’s just the way that it is. Trevor (Mbakwe) is the best, but he’s not the only one. We know what they’re capable of and we’ve got to find out what we’re capable of.”

On Minnesota’s talent:
I think they are playing that big line-up and they’ve got arguably as good an athlete as there is in the league in Rodney Williams and arguably as good as a shooter as there is in the country in Blake Hoffarber. I think they’re pretty good. Certainly when you take Al Nolen out, it effects them, but they weren’t that effected by having Devoe Joseph not being there with them. They probably played better. We know what we’re dealing with there. That’s a pro front line. I’d be shocked of all three of those front line guys don’t end up in the NBA someday. That’s this league though. That’s what these guys came to do and no one ever said in the recruiting process that it would be easy, and it certainly hasn’t been. We’re not going to let any of that be an excuse for not understanding that they are going to come to fight tomorrow night and we’ve got to have the same mindset. We’ve got to be smart and take care of the ball. But we really are going to have to defend and rebound at an extremely high level tomorrow.

On facing Minnesota a second time:
“There’s a little more familiarity with them. That’s always the case, but they certainly haven’t gotten any worse since we played them. And hopefully we’ve gotten better, too.”

On Blake Hoffarber:
“They utilize him off even more screens than what they have. He’s curling in the lane a lot more … a lot of screen, re-screen. They want to get him lost, I’m certain, in transition. We’re going to have to do a lot of different things, but we’re going to have to be able to account for him every possession. The thing that he’s so good at, that I think makes him such an NBA prospect, is that he’s got the quickest release that we’ve faced. He’s in that class with all the great shooters, like a Jon Diebler, John Shurna-people that you see, but that release is really, really tough. You can’t be a split second late. It doesn’t phase him and that’s what makes him good. Now he can get that shot off in the lane even more, especially curling off the re-screen.”

On how to offset the height of Minnesota’s frontline:
“I think you have to be prepared to do a lot of different things inside of the game. I don’t think you can look out there and think you are going to put four guards out there (against their height). It’s early, these guys haven’t tried to cross the street yet to go home (in the bad weather). It’s just that kind of time around here. We are going to have to play a lot of different ways. We have been planning that since last night and even yesterday.”

On Jeremiah Rivers and Tom Pritchard stepping up recently on the offensive end:
“It is very encouraging. If a guy is out there right now for us he has to have the confidence to play at both ends of the court. They are getting better and you need guys to continue to bring what they are capable of. It’s not about “we need more from this guy” or “this guy needs to bring x amount of points”. I don’t think you can ever do that or put that on somebody. You just need everybody to bring absolutely more than what they thought they were capable of. And that’s usually “I’m going to guard better” or “I’m going to rebound better and I’m going to hit first” or “I’m going to run the court in transition”. Those are the things that you have to have. We just have to play the game. There are adjustments and changes and tweaks and then you have injuries that you deal with. We are going to coach by feel the best we can tomorrow. But I would sure love to not be able to hear during the game like we couldn’t last Thursday against Illinois. And I’m sure the players would prefer to be able to hear the fans over me as well. That would be a benefit to them.”

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  • marcusgresham

    At this rate your next contribution ought to be a safety video

  • marcusgresham

    Then don’t wait 10 minutes to sub. Run them in and out a bit more frequently to give more rest. I’m not even saying this is the way to go the whole game, but in spurts it might work–kind of like changing up your defense periodically.

  • MillaRed

    No kidding. I have gone from questioning some of his decisions to feeling
    downright sorry for him. He has to be the most patient man on the planet.

  • Kelin Blab

    I agree this is bobby’s chance and he has to go all out. Christian put up 16 a game….between Bobby, Elston, and someone surely we can duplicate that by committee. Hell we put up almost 90, without Hulls scoring alot and missing vj and mo.

  • MillaRed

    So our second unit is


    That’s it. Where are my Converse? I’m making a comeback.

  • MillaRed

    Your brain is going to explode.

  • MillaRed

    Screw it. Throw this lineup out there tonight. I say we go crazy time on the rest of the world. Remember the Alamo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • MillaRed

    Mike it gets to a point where it it too much to overcome. We were turning a corner “with” VJ and CWat. Without them it is just too much. They are that much better than what we have left.

    Of course we don’t give up etc. There certainly is playing time Will and VO will benefit from. We can play without a lot of pressure because no team in the country can expect to win with 4 starters on the sideline.

    The only way I can deal with this a day later is to realize many sports teams have to go through hell to take things to the next level.

    I got a lot of crap for saying this team and coaching can do better and over a 4-5 game span I saw the best play since DJ graduated. That is what I will remember most this season because without our horses it isn’t fair to judge anything right now.

    This team will once again be a legitimate Big Ten program next year. The losing records are over. OVER! And I don’t expect to see one again for a long, long time.

    Good luck to you boys tonight. I will be watching as always. Go Hoosiers!

  • MillaRed

    OK throwing the hate Sampson deal in here is just precious. It still amazes me what a turd this guy is to our program.

    We’ll lose to Duke in a Final Four in 2018 and I will say, “Damn it Kelvin Sampson. We could have had EJ’s little brother. I hate you!”

  • MillaRed

    A pre-game speech on steroids.

  • defendtherock

    We need to get a state of emergency declared. Listening to DD makes me think VJ3 could use more time. We really need him at least in these two games this week that we can win. We cant afford bad fortune against the teams we CAN beat.

  • MillaRed

    Yes I kinda got that but thanks for the clarification ha ha.

  • Anonymous

    Colts season seems to be haunting me

  • Diesel

    …..with highlight reel performances from Tim Garl, Doctors Rink and Ahfeld, and every student trainer and manager

  • SHEEHEYisApimp

    Beware the Ides of March….oh wait…it’s only February!

  • Anonymous

    Hell! After reading that, I am so pumped I’m ready to drive the two hours up to B’town in the ice and suit up. Even though I am an old fat man I will set picks and take charges until the paramedics have to hit me with the paddles.

    Go ahead and put me in coach, I don’t smoke.